Ennis Water Mains Replacement

National Leakage Reduction Programme

Irish Water, in partnership with Clare County Council, has replaced ageing water mains on Parnell Street, Ennis.

The works involved the replacement of over 560 metres of aged cast iron water mains with new modern high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes. These works were carried out as part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme. The improvement project to upgrade the water network was completed ahead of the Clare County Council public realm regeneration works in the area.

The works also involved laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries to connect it to the customers’ water supply. Replacements of existing lead service connections were made as part of this improvement work.

The works were carried out on behalf of Irish Water by Shareridge Ltd.

The closures to facilitate works on Parnell Street were as follows:

Carmody Street to Wood Quay Friday 4 October – Saturday 19 October
Wood Quay to River Lane Monday 21 October - Saturday 26 October
River Lane to Cabeys Lane Monday 28 October - Saturday 2 November
Cabeys Lane to Curtins Lane Monday 4 November - Saturday 9 November
Curtins Lane to Merchants Square Monday 11 November - Saturday 16 November
Merchants Square to Salt House Lane Monday 18 November - Saturday 23 November
Leakage Reduction


A Reliable Water Supply

  • Replacement of water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages and will ensure a reliable supply of water to customers and local businesses in the area.

Reduced Leaks

  • Replacement of water mains and service connections will eliminate existing leaks and reduce the amount of clean drinking water lost into the ground.

Improved Water Quality

  • Removing existing old cast iron and lead from the public water network and replacing them with new pipes will reduce the risk of contamination.

Improved Operation and Maintenance

  • These works will deliver cost savings by providing improved water network operation that will require less maintenance in the future.

Affects of works

  • Areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers. Traffic management may be in place during this time. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.
  • The works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours notice prior to any planned water shut offs.
  • We understand that this type of work can be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause.

More information

Residents and businesses in the areas to benefit from the planned improvements have been notified directly and customers can phone Irish Water on 1800 278 278 if they have any questions about the project.

Irish Water regrets any inconvenience these necessary water network improvements may cause. Details of any supply interruptions associated this project will be updated regularly on the Water Supply Updates section of the Irish Water website.

For further information you can contact the Project Team at team@water.ie.